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A New Orleans classic

The Barber's Blues
The Barber's Blues
By Chuck Carbo

Rounder Records: 1996

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This review first appeared in the March 1, 1996 issue of the North County Times.

New Orleans' Chuck Carbo is back for a second solo outing – again anchoring his set by featuring two songs by San Diego's Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham.

Carbo's 1993 release, "Drawers Trouble," made the Cheathams' longtime theme song "Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On" into a Mardi Gras favorite. His new cover of "Don't Boogie With Your black Drawers Off" should send the Big Easy back into ecstasy.

Carbo's smooth vocals have been gracing New Orleans' clubs for more than 30 years; in 1954, he had his first two hits as a member of the Spiders.

True to New Orleans' traditions, Carbo seamlessly combines jazz, blues and R&B – he's as comfortable and evocative on a big band standard like Ray Noble's "The Very Thought of You" as he is on the Cheathams' raucous K.C.-flavored numbers (he also covers "Too Many Goodbyes" by San Diego's first couple of jazz); and he'll break your heart on Dr. John's "Promises."